Cancer Screenings 101: Learn About the Tests That Can Save Your Life

The statistics are alarming.  The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 1.6 new cancer diagnoses and nearly 600,000 cancer-related deaths in the U.S. in 2017. Every cancer is different and for some types, preventive screenings or tests can help detect cancers early, improving treatment outcomes. Dr. Julie Rowe  is an oncologist affiliated with Memorial [Continue Reading]

“My name is Gwen Stevens and I am an Ovarian Cancer Survivor Because of Two Saving Graces.”

For National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve asked Gwen Stevens to share her story.  You’ll see that her journey to diagnosis was very similar to others, however, she uncovered two saving graces that she says changed her outcome.  This is her story. While my cancer journey began in June 2015, I’m going to back up [Continue Reading]

Why We Come to Work: For These Four Women, It’s Personal

Did you know oncology nurse navigators are critical in helping cancer patients through their most difficult times? Not only do they aid with the transition from diagnosis to treatment, but navigators also provide emotional and educational support while helping coordinate care. Memorial Hermann Health System has a team of oncology nurse navigators who service all [Continue Reading]

True or False: There’s a link between sexually transmitted HPV and throat cancer.

When you think of throat cancer, you think of smokers, not sexually transmitted diseases.  However, a growing body of evidence is pointing toward Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and its connection to throat cancer. “We’re in the dawn of understanding oropharyngeal cancer of the back of the throat. Its link to HPV, a sexually transmitted illness, is [Continue Reading]

Getting Screened for Colon Cancer Saved My Life: One Mother’s Story

by Mary Barrier My husband Tim has a family history of colon cancer and I tried unsuccessfully for years to convince him to get a colonoscopy.  In April 2014, he finally had a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with colon cancer.  As a result, he had a section of his colon removed, but he was blessed [Continue Reading]